HC Deb 20 May 1981 vol 5 cc98-100W
Mr. Brotherton

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement about those internal United Kingdom subjects that are within the competence of the European Parliament.

Sir Ian Gilmour

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North (Mr. Marlow) on 11 May, under its rules of procedure the European Parliament may choose its own subjects for debate but its conclusions have no

binding authority over the Council or member States, It thus has no specific competence over internal United Kingdom subjects.